Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-231
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TUp "nJ O WEBER STATE U N I V ERSITY ff t What women A. want See pige 5 C - r-v n n n a n o o n . ,1:' .V f r i Emergency response time worries students and faculty By Heidi LeBaron news editor I The Signpost Fire Alarms rang through Elizabeth I lallThursday evening. Students and professors from the evening classes evacuated around 5:30 p.m and waited for a response. WSU professor Susan Hafen said after about 20 minutes of hearing the alarm go off, the students were impatient. Some began to leave, but most waited to continue course work planned to go until 8 p.m. Hafen's class was one of the groups waiting. "The trouble for us," Hafen said, "is we have a guest speaker, we have pizza, refreshments and such for our guest speaker." Hafen said a student then called campus police. "He said 'There's an alarm going off,'" Hafen recounted. '"We haven't heard from anyone, we saw a fire truck go by,' and (the dispatcher) actually said 'Is Elizabeth Hall on Weber State campus?'" Hafen said she waited 10 minutes and called again. "It was the same dispatcher," Hafen said, "and again she didn't know that Elizabeth Hall was on campus and told us that alarms were going off all over campus." Hafen said she looked around and didn't see anyone else so she decided to try and find out what was going on. "I went into the Union Building," Hafen said, "to see if I could find more information, and apparently alarms had been going off at Elizabeth Hall and Kimball Arts Building." About half of the students waiting for classes ' had left the area by . this time. Hafen expressed frustration as she was trying to figure out how to get back into the building. "We called facilities management," Hafen said. "They weren't picking up. We called campus police, who don't know who is supposed to get the alarms going back on. It's now been over an hour and we haven't heard from anybody." Hafen said the alarms rang for approximately 45 minutes, and after they stopped, she said the students and faculty who were left waiting still had no idea how to proceed. "Nobody's come out to say 'you can go in,'" Hafen said. "We had to make a couple phone calls just to even find out that it was safe." The next day, WSU Police Sgt. James Wagner said a pipe at a nearby golf course burst causing a sudden decrease of water pressure that triggered the alarms. "At that time of night," Wagner said, "after 5 o'clock, the calls are transferred to the Public Safety Dispatch Center." The center is down by the police department in Ogden. Wagner said the Public Safety Dispatch Center handles all of the calls after 5 p.m. and during the weekends. "If you tell the dispatcher just the name of the building," he said, "they are going to be asking more questions when you call. Our dispatchers know the campus a lot better." Wagner said he didn't know the specifics of how the situation was handled, as he wasn't there at the time. "I don't know about a communication error," Wagner said. "Whenever the water pressure drops it will cause an alarm to go off." Wagner said according to the call log, an officer responded eight minutes after the call. He said that the distance See Alarms page 7 Red Bull; wings of paper Students compete for a chance to fly to Austrian WWII hanger By Eric Call sr. reporter I The Signpost Red Bull gave Weber State University students paper wings on Friday in the Shepherd Union Building Ballrooms with their Red Bull Paper Wings paper airplalre competition. Students' planes were judged in two categories; farthest distance flown and longest amount of time spent in the air. Paper airplanes littered the floor as many students came and participated in the contest, the winner of which could win a trip to Austria to compete against paper airplane designers and pilots from around the world. Other prizes included passes to iFly at the Solomon Center in Ogden. "It's usually about marketing for the company," said WSU student Brett Va-lach, who is a member of the WSU Entrepreneurs Association. "We've got a lot of people involved already. Even if it's as simple as throwing paper airplanes people come out and are all for it. Most companies do contests like this because they are very successful." Many students who did not enter the contest came to the ballroom just to make and throw paper airplanes and enjoy free Red Bull energy drinks. The contest was marketed to students through flyers the week leading up to the event and the day it happened the Union See Wings page 7 1 I r f f . , ....... v """' - ..... J-" ' ' - " . J SOURCE: KtlJliULL.il' Antonio Garcia of Chile competes in WWII Hangar 7 in Austria during a previous Paper Wings competition. Finalists from 82 countries will be invited. Around me world in eight minutes t s ' :'Y A. ;V '-'i i r 7:"T r I 4 ' i J 1 - 'if. v i PHOIO BY BRYAN BUTFLKHbLD I HI iOfv'CM f Students sign a T-shirt for a student from China, set up at a table in the Atrium during International Emphasis Week. Tables were set up from various countries, including Thailand and Korea. International Emphasis Week featured several events, including a "Taste of India" dinner on Friday, March 20 and the International Dance Party on Saturday, March 21 . Movimg with the intra sic Theater of Needless Talents' tells the story of the Holocaust By Bliss Stinson correspondent I The Signpost The fabric curtain, with abstract figures obscurely drawn on it, slowly rose and there they stood. All 12 dancers dressed in dark street clothing from the 1940s. As they slowly eased into their gestural movement patterns, they loudly stated, one by one, innumerable statistics, listing how many people including men, women, children, Jews, non-Jews, gays and the mentally ill had died from the holocaust in different countries. This overwhelming overload of dealh tolls was so shocking, audience members were instantly glued to the performance. It was the first of this year's Holocaust Commemoration events. Events continue thorughout March and April. "The Theater of Needless Talents," Directed and choreographed by Don ald Byrd, was broken into mini-sections of solos, duets and trios, mixed with spoken word; each telling a ditterent aspect ot the story that occurred during the Holocaust. Audience members were taken on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the performance.They saw depictions of concentration camp members laughing and creating their own entertainment but also heard stories such as twin girls whose backs were sewn together, which created an infection, heavily oozing puss. Their caregiver overdosed them on Morphine to end their suffering. The piece ended with the dancers in the same beginning position, rattling off death toll statistics just as earlier. However, these, statistics stated all the cases of genocide that have occurred since "You can feel it, but you're not repulsed by what you see... we are complicit when we do nothing. The beauty is the compassion behind it, knowing it's hard to receive' Donald Byrd, DirectorChoreographer the Holocaust. The audience was again overwhelmed as the dancers overlapped their statements so it became a blur of voices. The curtain slowly closed, as the magnitude and intensity of their voices got louder and stronger. The last visual engraved on viewers' minds were the lengthy silhouettes of all 12 dancers showing through the abstract curtain, shouting at them as if they were murmuring spirits crying from their graves. Byrd and hisco-artists met with audience members after the performance for a discus sion about the work. Many wanted to know specific meanings behind Byrd's choice of words and movement. He didn't let them off easy. "If I tell you it takes all the fun out of it," Byrd said. "The point is to get you to See Music page 7 Hons in Brief Weber State University's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presents the. annual Ethics in Journalism Seminar, held in Shepherd Union Building Room 404A on Tuesday, March 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. Deseret News Staff Writer Lee Davidson and Valley JournalEditor-in-Chief Linda Peterson are scheduled to speak on the topic of "Journalism and Politics in the YouTube Age." For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sheree Josephson at sjosephsonweber. edu. UuAlul liiiuuiu fnpfnim P"irTop As a part of Middle East Awareness week, running from March 23-27, the following events are scheduled: On Monday, March 23, the film "Occupation 101" will be shown at the Wildcat Theater in the Shepherd Union Building at 2 p.m. The film "Life in Occupied Palestine" will be presented on Wednesday, March 25 at the Wildcat Theater at 2:30 p.m. On Thursday, March 26, a discussion panel will convene from noon to 1:30 p.m. The topic for discussion is "Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land." The scheduled panelists include Editor of the Mormon Worker William Van Wanegen, Salt Lake Community College Professor Josh Gold and founders of Just Peace in the Holy Land Frances ReMillard and Mahan Khalsa. These events are sponsored in part by the WSU Muslim Student Association & Center for Diversity. For further details, visit www.WeberMSA.com. ISistcry of ttGtttsrs and Hssistrstss Monday, March 23, in the Stewart Library Hetzl-IIollein Room, the Department of History presents "Mothers and Magistrates: Paternity Searches in Modern France," featuring Arizona State University's Rachel Fuchs, as a part of Women's History Month. The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. and is free of charge. Asian Film 'Black Cannon Indent' The film "The Black Cannon Incident" (1983) will screen in the Wildcat Theater on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The free screening is a continuation of Weber State University's Spring 2009 Asian Film Festival. For more information, call 801-626-8912.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-23, Vol. 79, No. 78|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|